5 Compelling Reasons Why You Should Attend CitiesAlive in Washington, DC, this November by Kara Orr

September 9, 2016 at 10:44 am

5 Compelling Reasons Why You Should Attend CitiesAlive Kara Orr

Register Today for CitiesAlive – Early Bird Rates End September 15th

All Photos Courtesy of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

There are countless reasons to join colleagues at CitiesAlive 2016, the 14th Annual Green Roof and Wall Conference in Washington, DC.  Stormwater management continues to be a challenge for North American cities and this year, we’re Rising to the Stormwater Challenge in the city leading the charge on policy development and implementation.

Here are 5 compelling reasons why you should be a part of this progressive conference:

5 Compelling Reasons Why You Should Attend CitiesAlive Kara Orr

1: INSPIRING PROGRAMMING If you want to learn about the latest advancements in green roof, green wall and stormwater management in 2016, the programming at CitiesAlive will not fail to inspire. Under the timely theme of Rising to the Stormwater Challenge, delegates from across North America will hear from leading experts in green roof and wall research and policy; and be exposed to industry-leading designs that are not only aesthetically pleasing, but perform essential stormwater management roles as jurisdictions across the country grapple with ever-more-extreme weather events and aging green infrastructure systems.

CitiesAlive speakers include:

• Keynote: George Hawkins, Esq, CEO & GM, DC Water
• Keynote: Sabine O’Hara, Dean & Director, Landgrant Programs, University of the District of Columbia
• Keynote: Tommy Wells, Director, Department of Energy & Environment
• Keynote: Gail Vittori, Co-Director, Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems
Barbara Deutsch, FASLA, Executive Director, Landscape Architecture Foundation
Jason Long, Partner, OMA
Hallie Boyce, RLA, ASLA, Partner, OLIN
Kevin Kampschroer, Chief Sustainability Officer, U.S. General Services Administration
Charlie Miller, P.E., Founder & President, Roofmeadow
Dr. Bill Retzlaff, Associate Dean/Professor, SIUe
Dr. Brad Rowe, Professor, Michigan State University
Randy Sharp, GRP, FCSLA, ASLA, LEED AP

And over 100 more speakers!

5 Compelling Reasons Why You Should Attend CitiesAlive Kara Orr

2: CONNECT Professional relationships are made, strengthened and reinforced every year at CitiesAlive. From the local host committee reception taking place at the magnificent Capitol View at 400, to the trade show, to the Awards of Excellence celebration, this year’s networking events at CitiesAlive are sure to introduce you to new colleagues and bring you closer to friends.

5 Compelling Reasons Why You Should Attend CitiesAlive Kara Orr

3: EXCLUSIVE ACCESS There’s nothing like seeing projects up-close and personal, and CitiesAlive green infrastructure tours will do just that. With knowledgeable guides leading the way, come and visit the most interesting projects that Washington, DC has to offer such as Sidwell Friends Middle School, American University, Canal Park and the US Tax Court Plaza. It’s a fun and educational way to discover DC’s exceptional projects and get closer to your colleagues.

4: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Enhance your knowledge in specialized subject areas and earn continuing education credits by attending CitiesAlive training courses on November 1st and 4th. Choose from five courses including Green Roof Design & Installation, Introduction to Rooftop Urban Agriculture, and new this year, Making it Work: How to Properly Construct Low Impact Development (LID) Green Infrastructure.

CitiesAlive is pending approval for up to 11 continuing education / professional development credits for LA CES, AIA CES, BOMI, NLAP, APLD, and RCI.

5 Compelling Reasons Why You Should Attend CitiesAlive Kara Orr

5: LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION Washington, DC is not only at the forefront of green infrastructure policy and implementation, you’ll also discover an eclectic mix of restaurants, local shops and American history. CitiesAlive is conveniently taking place at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). From there you’ll have access to Capitol View at 400, the Omni Shoreham Hotel (the conference hotel with reduced room rates), and all that DC has to offer on DC Metro’s Red Line.

Register soon as early bird rates end September 15th.

Visit CitiesAlive.org to plan your CitiesAlive experience.

5 Compelling Reasons Why You Should Attend CitiesAlive Kara Orr

Kara Orr, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

5 Compelling Reasons Why You Should Attend CitiesAlive Kara Orr

Kara Orr is the marketing coordinator at Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC), a membership-based industry association developing the green (vegetative) roof and wall industry in North America. Contact her to discuss sponsorship, trade show and programming opportunities.

GRHC’s mission is to increase the awareness of the economic, social and environmental benefits of green roofs and green walls, and other forms of living architecture through education, advocacy, professional development and celebrations of excellence. Visit www.greenroofs.org for more information.

Contact Kara at: 416-971-4494 x226.

GRHC Members: Extended CitiesAlive Early Bird Deadline Ends Today!

July 13, 2016 at 11:03 am

CitiesAlive 2016 Early Bird Ends July 13

If you haven’t already registered for the 2016 CitiesAlive Green Roof & Wall Conference, held in our nation’s capital on November 1 through 4, 2016, the extended CitiesAlive 2016 early bird registration ends today, July 13!

Are you a member of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities?  GRHC says:

Members asked for more time, so we’re extending the deadline!

The CitesAlive early bird discount has been extended to Wednesday, July 13!

Learn from the best in the industry at CitiesAlive, the exclusive conference for the green roof and wall industry in North America. Join other green roof and wall professionals, suppliers and industry experts as they present advancements in research, design and policy making.

Early bird savings continue – but only until Wednesday, July 13th!

Best Price Delegate Pass includes:
•  All technical sessions & keynote speakers
•  Trade show featuring the industry’s top suppliers & manufacturers
•  Hospitality (opening reception, coffee breaks, lunch on trade show floor & Awards of Excellence luncheon)
•  Complimentary conference recordings

Package value is $759. GRHC Member early bird rate is only $699 USD, but only until July 13.

The theme of this year’s CitiesAlive Green Roof & Wall Conference is: Rising to the Stormwater Challenge – an important topic on all of our minds.

We hope to see you in Washington, D.C. this fall!

CitiesAlive 2016 Early Bird Ends July 13

 

~ Happy greening,

Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher

Hurry, CitiesAlive 2016 Early Bird Ends June 30 and Submit Your Awards Project by July 1!

June 28, 2016 at 12:52 pm

CitiesAlive 2016 Early Bird June 30 Awards Projects July 1

Deadlines are fast approaching for Green Roofs for Healthy Cities’ CitiesAlive 2016 early bird registration which ends June 30 – plus don’t forget to submit your greenroof and greenwall projects to their Awards of Excellence program by July 1!

Held in our nation’s capital on November 1 through 4, 2016, the theme of this year’s CitiesAlive Green Roof & Wall Conference is: Rising to the Stormwater Challenge

Sharpen your green infrastructure expertise and learn from the best in the industry at CitiesAlive, the exclusive conference for the green roof and wall industry in North America. Join green roof and wall professionals, suppliers and industry experts as they present advancements in research, design and policy making.
Best Price Delegate Pass includes:

• All technical sessions & keynote speakers
• Trade show featuring the industry’s top suppliers & manufacturers
• Hospitality (opening reception, coffee breaks, lunch on trade show floor & Awards of Excellence luncheon)
• Conference recordings
Total value $998 for only $699 USD until June 30th.” ~ Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

GRHC reminds you that à la carte options are also available including:

•  Stormwater Day: This full-day workshop covers the functions of different green roof layers in managing stormwater, existing standards, a review of current regulations, cost-benefit information and much more.
•  Training: Enhance your knowledge in specialized subject areas and earn continuing education credits by attending training courses on November 1st.
•  Exclusive tours: Gain exclusive access to D.C.’s most outstanding green infrastructure projects.

Register by this Thursday, June 30th to take advantage of their Early Bird rate!

Also, GRHC says:

“Each year, the industry recognizes integrated design and installation excellence as well as outstanding achievements in research, policy, and corporate contribution with the Green Roof & Wall Awards of Excellence.

Award Categories:

•  Design Awards acknowledge excellence in innovative and integrative green roof and wall design and raise awareness of the multiple benefits that green infrastructure can provide clients and the general public.
•  The Research Award honors individuals or groups who have made outstanding contributions to the green roof industry in research.
•  The Civic Award honors individuals or groups who have made significant contributions to the green roof industry in policy development.
•  The Living Architecture Monitor Advertising Award honors organizations who have supported the Living Architecture Monitor and employ outstanding ad design in each quarterly issue.
•  The President’s Corporate Award honors individuals from GRHC corporate member companies that have made a significant contribution to the green roof and wall industry.”  ~ Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

Don’t miss the Green Roof & Wall Awards of Excellence Submissions Deadline of July 1st!

CitiesAlive 2016 Early Bird June 30 Awards Projects July 1

Visit CitiesAlive to see the Agenda, Tours, and so much more.

We’ll see you there in awesome Washington, D.C. this fall!

~ Happy greening,

Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher

Read Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition’s Report of the Urban Forest in the Greater Toronto Area

June 22, 2016 at 3:55 pm

Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition Report Urban Forest in GTA

We recently returned from our first Grey to Green Conference in Toronto at Ryerson University, presented by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC), where Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition‘s Report of the Urban Forest in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) was released.

The Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition (GIO) is a collaborative alliance of not-for-profits organizations, community groups, businesses and local governments, including GIO steering committee member Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, working to sustain green infrastructure across Ontario.  Their mission is to bring organizations together to share information and collaborate for improved green infrastructure policies and programs across the province.

“We’re thrilled to release this report, which represents the collective efforts of 17 local and regional governments. Together, they have established baseline data which will be critical to managing the urban forest into the future. Most importantly, they all used the same protocol, which allowed us to compile it into this GTA-wide report.” ~  Janet McKay, Chair of Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition

 

Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition Report Urban Forest in GTA

85% of trees in the GTA are small compared to only 40% in a healthy urban forest.

Summary of main findings:

  • 34.2 million trees provide 26% canopy cover in the GTA;
  • Replacement cost of these trees and shrubs is $14.2 billion;
  • $70 million is the estimated value of the 2.7 million tons of carbon stored;
  • $36.5 million is the estimate annual value of air quality improvements;
  • $20 million is the estimated annual value of energy savings;
  • 113,000 tons of carbon is removed every year – this is equivalent to the emissions of 23,000 passenger vehicles;
  • 4,000 tons of pollution removed from the air annually (including 2,300 tons of ground level ozone);
  • 10% of tree population is Ash (3.2 million trees). We have already lost a large number of them to EAB;
  • 54% of trees are made up of four species (Maple, Cedar, Ash, and Buckthorn);
  • 85% of trees are small (diameter less than 22.9 cm);
  • 37% of trees are on residential property, 18% on commercial industrial, 25% on open space, agriculture and natural area, and 20% on institutional, transportation and other;
  • The underlying studies were conducted between 2005 and 2014.

Read the Executive Summary and the Full Report.

Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition Report Urban Forest in GTA

It’s an important landmark tool for folks committed to improving green infrastructure in the Ontario area, and certainly serves as a wonderful resource for the rest of us.

Getting back to the 4th Annual Grey to Green, in addition to seeing great presentations and panels on green infrastructure and climate change and visiting the Trade Show, we had a fantastic time and must give kudos to everyone at GRHC and their collaborators who put together another impressive conference!

Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition Report Urban Forest in GTA

We mingled with old friends and acquaintances such as the ever-lovely: Virginia Russell from the University of Cincinnati (and her lively mother!), Tracy Jackson from GRHC, Hamid Karimi with the DC Department of Energy and Environment, David Yocca of Conservation Design Forum, Kirtin Weeks of Arup, Sara Loveland and Ashleigh Uiska (whom we hadn’t seen in years because she has been in the UK having some beautiful babies!) of Annette Environmental, and of course Steven Peck and his better half, the wonderful Joyce McLean – among many, many, more.  We also met some great new ones, too, including Kara Orr, the new Marketing Coordinator with GRHC and Chaoyue Zhao, GRHC’s Conference & Training Coordinator, whom we finally got to meet face to face.

Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition Report Urban Forest in GTA

Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition Report Urban Forest in GTA

Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition Report Urban Forest in GTA

Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition Report Urban Forest in GTA

Hopefully, we’ll get to see more of our living architecture colleagues at future green infrastructure conferences and catch up on what’s happening in your neck of the woods!

~ Happy reading,

Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEEP AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher